The Gasparilla Bowl began in 2008 and the matchup currently features schools from the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or Conference USA. The game takes place at Tropicana Field from St. Petersburg, Florida. This game was previously called the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl and Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl.
Favorites have gone 10-2 straight up and 9-3 against the spread in the first 12 years. The 'under' has produced a 7-4 mark during this span. Central Florida and Marshall are tied for the most appearances in this bowl with four apiece.
Marshall kept the 'chalk' streak rolling in the 2018 installment with a 38-20 over South Florida, who was playing in its home venue.
UCF made the short trip from Orlando in 2019 and rolled past Marshall, 48-25 to easily cash as 15-point favorites. The Thundering Herd suffered its first loss in this bowl in four tries.
The 2020 installment was wiped out due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, but the game returned Dec. 23, 2021 with a sold-out Raymond James Stadium for UCF against Florida. UCF is starting to enjoy themselves in the home of rival USF, too, as they won their second straight Gasparilla Bowl in front of 63,669 fans with a 29-17 victory over the Gators. UCF is the first underdog to win this bowl game outright since NC State topped UCF in the 2014 game in St. Petersburg.